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Five Tribe Players Earn College Sporting News Preseason All-America Honors

CHICAGO, Ill. - The preseason accolades continue to roll in for the Tribe football team, as five players have been selected to the College Sporting News Preseason All-America Team. Senior defensive end Adrian Tracy was chosen as a first-team honoree, while senior safety David Caldwell garnered second-team distinction. Junior punter David Miller was tabbed to the third team, while sophomore running back Jonathan Grimes and senior place kicker Brian Pate earned honorable mention recognition.

With five All-America selections, the Tribe tied for the sixth most honorees in the nation. Additionally, the Colonial Athletic Association was far and away the most-represented conference in the country with 47 All-Americans, while Southern Conference was a distant second with 16 selections.

In addition to the CSN honor, Tracy has also earned preseason All-America accolades from the Sports Network and Phil Steeleís magazine. The Sterling, Va., native was also chosen as the CAA Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was tabbed to the Preseason Buchanan Award Watch List.

Tracy is coming off an outstanding junior season in which he earned All-America accolades from the Sports Network and the College Sporting News, while also garnering first-team All-CAA distinction and an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Star selection. In addition to ranking sixth nationally with 0.91 sacks per game in 2008, he led the league with 1.41 tackles for a loss per game, which ranked 20th nationally. Tracy also ranked second in the CAA among defensive linemen with 6.5 tackles per game and finished the year with 72 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, 10.0 sacks and one blocked kick.

One of the Tribeís five captains for the 2009 season, Tracy has been a fixture in the starting lineup throughout his career and has earned 33 starts. With 19.0 career sacks, he enters the upcoming campaign ranked tied for second in the nation among all active players.

A team captain this season, Caldwell enters his senior year having started 23 consecutive games. One of the Tribeís most dynamic playmakers, he has led the team in tackles during each of the past two seasons. After totaling 107 stops as a junior, the Montclair, N.J., native finished the í08 season with 78 tackles to go with a sack, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a recovered fumble and six tackles for a loss. Caldwell also tallied a pair of touchdowns, as he registered pick-six in the win against Rhode Island and returned a blocked field goal for a score in the victory against Norfolk State.

A preseason All-CAA selection by multiple organizations, Miller comes into the fall as one of the nationís top punters. The Centreville, Va., native was a third-team all-league choice as a sophomore last year after ranking 16th nationally with 41.53 yards per kick. Additionally, he pinned the opposition inside the 20-yard line 12 times, while eight of his punts were longer than 50 yards.

Grimes enters his sophomore season as a preseason All-American after establishing himself as one of the top true freshmen in the country a year ago. Chosen as an Honorable Mention Freshman of the Year by the College Sporting News in 2008, he also earned Honorable Mention All-America distinction as a kick returner by the Sports Network. He was also selected as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year and the ECAC Rookie of the Year while earning first-team all-conference honors as a kick returner and second-team accolades as a running back. Grimes led the CAA and ranked 12th nationally with 162 all-purpose ypg, as three of his performances ranked among the programís top 15 all-time (324 vs. Villanova; 283 at New Hampshire; 225 vs. Northeastern). Additionally, he averaged 84.5 ypg rushing and estab-lished a W&M freshman rushing record with 929 yards on the ground. In addition to scoring seven rushing touchdowns, the Palmyra, N.J., native also hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions to go with his 39 catches for 314 yards receiv-ing. As a kickoff returner, Grimes averaged a league-best 24.5 yards per return, with a season-long of 97 yards (for a touchdown) against Villanova.

In addition to the preseason All-America selection, Grimes has also earned preseason all-conference honors from both the CAA and Phil Steeleís magazine.

Pateís CSN honor marked the second time this summer he has earned preseason All-America distinction, as the Sport-ing News also listed him among the nationís best entering 2009. Additionally, he has garnered preseason all-league honors from the CAA as well as Phil Steeleís magazine. En route to earning first-team all-league honors as a junior in 2008, Pate connected on 13-of-16 field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 from beyond 40 yards, and converted all 41 of his extra-point opportunities. The Fredericksburg, Va., native also led the team and ranked second in the conference with 7.3 points per game. Additionally, his average of 1.18 field goals per game led the league and ranked tied for 17th nationally. Pate also excelled in the classroom and earned a spot on the CAA All-Academic Team.

Ranked as high as 11th in the 2009 preseason polls, the Tribe returns 15 starters from last seasonís team that posted a 7-4 record and garnered a No. 20 final national ranking. W&M will open its season when it plays at Virginia on Sept. 5.


2009 College Sporting News All-America Team

First Team
QB - Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State
RB - Toddrick Pendland, McNeese State
RB - William Ford, South Carolina State
FB - Jared Turcotte, Maine
AP - William Osbourne, Texas Southern
TE - Scott Sicko, New Hampshire
WR - Andre Roberts, The Citadel
WR - Terrell Hudgins, Elon
C - Austin Stiecken, Northern Iowa
OG - Josh Samuda, UMass
OG - Matt McCracken, Richmond
OT - Ben Ijalana, Villanova
OT - Mario Acitelli, Appalachian State
DE - Adrian Tracy, William & Mary
DE - Larry Hart, Central Arkansas
DT - Kendrick Ellis, Hampton
DT - Mychal Savage, Youngstown State
LB - Brandin Jordan, Southern Illinois
LB - Eric McBride, Richmond
LB - Osayi Osunde, Villanova
DB - Anthony Walters, Delaware
DB - Carnell Clark, Jacksonville State
DB - Justin Rogers, Richmond
S - Jeromy Miles, UMass
S - Mark LeGree, Appalachian State
K - Andrew Samson, Penn
P - Doug Spada, SE Missouri State
RS - Leroy Vann, Florida A&M
RS - Scotty McGee, James Madison

Second Team
QB - Cameron Higgins, Weber State
RB - Chase Reynolds, Montana
RB - Trevyn Smith, Weber State
FB - Bobby McClintock, Portland State
AP - Matt Szczur, Villanova
TE - Clay Harbor, Missouri State
WR - Marc Mariani, Montana
WR - Tim Toone, Weber State
C - Drew Lachenmayer, Richmond
OG - Jeff Hansen, Montana State
OG - Keith Buckman, North Dakota State
OT - Theo Sherman, James Madison
OT - Vladimir Ducasse, UMass
DE - Danny Batten, South Dakota State
DE - James Ruffin, Northern Iowa
DT - Kyle Harrington, UMass
DT - Sam Daniels, James Madison
LB - D.J. Smith, Appalachian State
LB - Jabara Williams, Stephen F. Austin
LB - Jacque Roman, Appalachian State
DB - Josh Morris, Weber State
DB - Nate Thellan, Northeastern
DB - Terrell Whitehead, Norfolk State
S - David Caldwell, William & Mary
S - Tommy Connors, SE Louisiana
K - Andrew Howard, Richmond
P - Trevor Ward, Southern Utah
RS - Austin Knowlin, Columbia
RS - William Osborne, Texas Southern

Third Team
QB - Eric Ward, Richmond
RB - David Sinisi, Monmouth
RB - Tony Nelson, UMass
FB - Howard Abegesah, VMI
AP - Karrington Bush, Texas State
TE - Cody Nakamura, Weber State
WR - Tysson Poots, Southern Utah
WR - Victor Cruz, UMass
C - Kyle Mutcher, Weber State
OG - Chaz Millard, Eastern Illinois
OG - Dorian Brooks, James Madison
OT - James Williams, Harvard
OT - Matt Barber, Maine
DE - Arthur Moats, James Madison
DE - Austen Lane, Murray State
DT - Ko Quaye, South Dakota
DT - Taylor Scott, Central Arkansas
LB - Jeffery Williams, Gardner-Webb
LB - Josh Mahoney, Northern Iowa
LB - Phil Higgins, Northeastern
DB - Chris Wynn, Penn
DB - Korey Lindsey, Southern Illinois
DB - Ryan Hinds, New Hampshire
S - Charles Graves, Delaware
S - Max Lerner, Furman
K - Billy Halgren, Northern Iowa
P - David Miller, William & Mary
RS - Gerald Stevenson, Charleston Southern
RS - Matt Szczur, Villanova

Honorable Mention
QB - Chris Whitney, Villanova
QB - Curtis Pulley, Florida A&M University
QB - Derrick Fourroux, McNeese State
QB - Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross
QB - Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington
RB - Aaron Ball, Villanova
RB - Chris Evans, Samford
RB - Conte Cuttino, Stony Brook
RB - David McCarty, Albany
RB - Donald Babers, Prairie View A&M
RB - Jonathan Grimes, William & Mary
RB - Jordan Culbreath, Princeton
FB - Joe Casey, Rhode Island
FB - Nick Grimes, Central Arkansas
AP - Buddy Farnham, Brown
AP - Gerald Stevenson, Charleston Southern
AP - Tim Maypray, VMI
TE - Ben Jorden, Appalachian State
TE - Josh Baker, Delaware
TE - Wes Mangan, McNeese
WR - Aaron Weaver, Hofstra
WR - Matt Luft, Harvard
WR - Shaun Pasternak, Bucknell
C - Alex Spisak, Harvard
C - Brian Brannigan, Villanova
C - Kevin Richards, Albany
OG - Anthony Collins, Florida A&M
OG - Brian Wychinowski, Lafayette
OG - David Arkin, Missouri State
OG - David Spanich, Hofstra
OG - Hunter Schmidt, Sam Houston State
OG - Jonathan Bugli, Villanova
OG - Matt Schaefer, Penn
OT - Aaron Jones, Holy Cross
OT - Derek Hardman, Eastern Kentucky
OT - Johnny Culbreath, South Carolina State
OT - Lane Freiwald, Central Arkansas
OT - Levi Horn, Montana
OT - Paul Jasinowski, Brown
OT - Will Rackley, Lehigh
DE - Chris Baker, Hampton University
DE - Christian Anthony, Grambling State
DE - Dane Fletcher, Montana State
DE - James Develin, Brown
DE - Tim Knicky, Stephen F. Austin
DE - Tim Kukucka, Villanova
DT - Andrew Poulson, Lafayette
DT - Anthony Williams, Appalachian State
DT - B.J. Benning, Lehigh
DT - Brenton Bryant, Harvard
DT - Christian Clark, Sacramento State
DT - David Howard, Brown
DT - Joe Goniprow, Penn
DT - Michael Laperriere, Northeastern
LB - Alexander Henderson, Jacksonville State
LB - Chauncey Mixon, Southern Illinois
LB - James Crockett, Fordham
LB - Luke Bonus, Hofstra
LB - Mario Brown, Gardner-Webb
LB - Matt Cohen, Lehigh
LB - Scott Lewis, St. Francis
DB - Anthony Beck, Prairie View
DB - Asa Jackson, Cal Poly
DB - Cortez Gilbert, Appalachian State
DB - Dino Vasso, New Hampshire
DB - Jeromy Miles, UMass
DB - John Kennedy, Lehigh
DB - Terell Wilson, Elon
DB - Tommy Connors, SE Louisiana
S - Beau Hadley, Weber State
S - David Fullerton, Cal Poly
S - Jose Gumbs, Monmouth
S - Marty Rodgers, Southern Illinois
K - Adrian Mora, Georgia Southern
K - Brian Pate, William & Mary
K - Davis Rodriguez, Lafayette
K - Ross Schexnayder, Nicholls State
K - Ryan Gates, Gardner-Webb
P - Patrick Dolan, Nicholls State
P - Ron Conway, Northeastern
P - Scott Ravanesi, Southern Illinois
RS - A.J. Kizekai, Bucknell
RS - Andre Roberts, The Citadel
RS - Elliott Finkley, Jacksonville
RS - Henry Sailes, Tennessee Tech
RS - Karrington Bush, Texas State

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